Weber School District is under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens, Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen, and Assistant Superintendent Art Hansen with appointed board members. The Weber District Board of Education and Superintendents welcome your comments.
Dr. Jeff Stephens
Dr. Jeff Stephens began his career in Weber School District in 1984 as an English and Reading teacher at Wahlquist Jr. High School. In 1994 he was appointed as an administrative intern and served in that capacity for one year at Roy High School. Dr. Stephens was named assistant principal at South Ogden Jr. High in 1995 and was appointed as principal at South Jr. in 1998. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was named as Curriculum and Instruction Director for Weber School District. In 2004, the Weber School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Stephens to the position of Assistant Superintendent where his responsibilities included involvement with curriculum and instruction programs, CTE and the Foundation. In April 2011 Jeff Stephens was named as Superintendent of Weber School District. Dr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from Weber State University; his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement in 1993 and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University in 1994. He has also received an Advanced Reading Endorsement from the Utah State Office of Education. Dr. Stephens has provided leadership in local, state, and national professional organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions, honors and awards for his leadership and abilities. Weber School District is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Stephens at the helm of the District.
Jon Ritchie represents patrons in Weber School District Precinct #7, which includes a portion of Roy City and a small portion of unincorporated Weber County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2003 during which time he was Board Vice President from 2009-2017 and was appointed as Board President in October of 2017. During his tenure he has served on a variety of committees, including the Audit Committee and the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Ritchie attended Weber schools and graduated from Roy High School. He attended Weber University in the Emergency Medical Services field and received his EMT certification in 1981. He began his career with Roy City Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT and was later promoted to Captain, Deputy Chief and was named Roy City Fire Chief in 2000. He has served in leadership capacities on county and state fire association boards. He generously volunteers his time in his community, church and with community councils in area schools. He is married to the former Jane Woodall and they have four daughters. Mr. Ritchie brings to the Board outstanding leadership skills, is diligent in fulfilling his responsibilities, and has a keen sense of community involvement.
Dean Oborn resides in Pleasant View, Utah and represents Weber School District Precinct #1 which includes all of Pleasant View, a portion of Plain City, Farr West, Harrisville and North Ogden. He has been a member of the Board of Education since 2007 and is currently serving as a member of the district Travel Committee. He also represents Weber School District on the Utah High Schools Activities Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly. Mr. Oborn graduated from Ogden High School in 1961 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology/Botany from Weber State College in 1967. He was a Biology teacher at Roy High and Weber High for 17 years. In 1976 he received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and soon after received his Administrative/Supervisory certification. Mr. Oborn was appointed as Principal of Roy Jr. High School from 1992-1997 and was named Principal of Weber High School in 1997. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2000, totaling 31 years of service in Weber District. Mr. Oborn has been the recipient of many educational awards including: Utah Biology Teacher of the Year, The Good School Management Award from Weber School District and the Golden Apple Award from Utah PTA. He is married to the former Edith Thomas and they have three children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Oborn brings to the Board a vast wisdom in educational policies and procedures and has first-hand experience in school leadership skills.
Douglas Hurst of Washington Terrace, Utah represents Weber School District Precinct #5 which includes Riverdale and a portion of Washington Terrace. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2008. He currently serves on the district Audit Committee which oversees district financial matters and the Capital Improvement Committee which advises in the purchase, sale or maintenance of district property as well as other improvements in district facilities. Mr. Hurst attended Ogden City Schools graduating from Ogden High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Banking & Finance from Weber State University in 1972. He has had a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed contractor for residential construction. He is married to the former Kathleen Flannery and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hurst brings to the Board a valuable expertise and knowledge in all financial areas.
Elected in 2014, Janis Christensen is a long-time resident of North Ogden, serving Weber School District, Precinct 6, which includes an eastern portion of North Ogden and all of Ogden Valley. She represents Weber School District on the Ogden Valley Park and Recreation Committee and the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors. Educated in parochial schools in the Midwest, Mrs. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with minors in Education and Communications, from the University of Minnesota. As a former educator, she was a Title I instructor and focused on the areas of her training, pursuing additional studies in English as a Second Language. Her teaching career included opportunities in Minnesota, Michigan, California and Utah public schools. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Allen have 5 sons and a daughter--all graduates of Weber School District schools. They are grandparents of 23 children, all of whom will attend Utah schools and 8 of whom will be Weber District students. During the 20 years her children were in school, she worked diligently and effectively as a member and officer of her local PTA. She is a strong advocate for families, having served with the conservative organization, United Families International, as a lobbyist for family values at the United Nations in New York City and its sister facility in Geneva, Switzerland. Doing so, she has become keenly aware of the importance of the involvement of families in the administrative process if we are to achieve the best possible education for all Weber District students. As a volunteer staff member for the past 10 years at the Utah State Senate, she highly encourages citizens who want the best for Utah’s children to be aware and involved in the legislative process as it relates to Education in Utah. Due to her professional background, her lobbyist and legislative experiences, and her role as a motivated mother and grandmother, Janis Christensen brings a unique and valuable perspective and strength to the Weber School Board.
Paul Widdison represents Weber School District Precinct #4 which includes Hooper and the communities of western Weber County. He was born and raised in Hooper and attended Weber County Schools graduating from Roy High School. He attended Weber State College and has worked for 35 years in the Aerospace industry on several programs including the Space Shuttle, Peacekeeper and Minuteman missiles, and currently on the next generation SLS program. He was awarded NASA’s “Silver Snoopy” from the Astronaut Corps recognizing his contribution to successful manned space flight. He represents Weber School District on the Board of Directors for the Ogden-Weber Technical College, and also serves on the WSD Audit and Insurance committees. He lives in Hooper with his wife Debbie. They have four children and five grandchildren. Mr. Widdison brings extensive knowledge and experience in STEM related fields and business.
Bruce Jardine represents Weber School District Precinct 3, which includes the communities of South Ogden and Uintah. He was appointed to the school board in September of 2017. He was born and raised in Ogden and graduated from Ben Lomond High School. A long-time resident of Weber County, he and his wife Diane have raised three children and have eight grandchildren. As president and owner of Lynn Woodward Electric, he brings over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Jardine has outstanding leadership skills and believes in the strength of young people. He recently returned from a three-year religious mission for his church where he had responsibility for over 600 individuals. He is a strong advocate for families and education and recognizes the value of learning as children progress and contribute in society. He is committed to making a positive contribution in our community and the development of children.
Jan Burrell was elected as a new board member and represents Precinct 2, deeply dedicated to the Roy community she calls home. She comes with a 41 year professional background in education and the issues, concerns and policies that address the needs of today's youth. Her experience includes recognition of varied curriculum delivery models, a solid grasp of mental health needs and the growing demands of our diverse communities. As a first generation college graduate, she credits her desire to serve to parents who recognized the vision and value of public education.